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Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and Scouts
Quick Facts : Coaches and Scouts*
2010 Median Pay$28,340
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012242,900
Job Outlook29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change71,400

Coaches teach amateur and professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players, evaluating athletesâ?? strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits. Many coaches also scout out new talent.

What Coaches and Scouts Do

  • Call plays and make decisions about strategy and player substitutions during games
  • Plan and direct physical conditioning programs that enable athletes to achieve maximum performance

Work Environment

Coaches and scouts often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Full-time coaches usually work more than 40 hours a week for several months during the sports season, and they may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. Coaches travel frequently to sporting events. Scouts may be required to travel more extensively when searching for talent.
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Job Outlook

Employment of coaches and scouts is expected to grow 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Those who are state-certified to teach academic subjects are likely to have the best prospects for getting coaching and instructor jobs in elementary, middle, and high schools. The need to replace coaches who change occupations or leave the labor force also will provide some jobs. Very strong competition is expected for jobs at the college or professional level.
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The median annual wage of coaches and scouts was $28,340 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and scouts must have immense knowledge of the game, which they usually get from having played the sport at some level. Although some jobs require a bachelor's degree, many entry-level coaching positions require only experience from having participated in the sport. Scouting jobs often require experience playing a sport at the college or professional level, which makes it possible to locate young talent.
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